Monroe and Presley on National Registry

Vintage performances by Bill Monroe, Elvis Presley and Woody Guthrie are among the first 50 recordings to be entered into the National Recording Registry at the Library of Congress in Washington, D.C. The registry was created to provide greater protection for songs and speeches that are “culturally, historically or aesthetically significant.” Monroe and his band, the Bluegrass Boys, will be represented by his 1947 recording of “Blue Moon of Kentucky.” The song is also included in Presley’s sessions in 1954 and 1955 for Memphis-based Sun Records. Those Sun recordings are included in the registry, along with Guthrie’s 1944 recording of “This Land Is Your Land.” The registry will also feature Victor Records’ famed sessions in Bristol, Tenn. The 1927 recordings feature the Carter Family, Jimmie Rodgers and Ernest Stoneman. The Grand Ole Opry’s first network radio broadcast is also included in the registry in a 1939 performance featuring Roy Acuff and Uncle Dave Macon. Other entries include two 1922 recordings by fiddler Eck Robinson and field recordings made by folklorists John and Ruby Lomax during a 1939 tour of the southern U.S. In a related note, former Country Music Foundation director Bill Ivey has been named chairman of the board of directors of the National Recording Preservation Foundation. Ivey left the CMF in 1997 to become chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. 01/28/03